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Ah! Sunflower

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‘Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done.’

(William Blake)

The traveller’s journey is done right here, right now, with this fabulous ‘Sunflowers in Bowl’ oil painting by accomplished artist, Anne Brandon Jones (1878 – 1968).

Brandon Jones was a Royal Academician and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, but her main interest was in embroidery. She was a skilled needlewoman, and published many books on the subject. Interestingly, this particular painting reflects her skill and technique as an embroiderer, with paint applied in a measured and careful way; textures and direction of paint are built up deliberately and with care and precision.

Anne attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London (which eventually became Central St Martin’s). The School opened in 1896, as a result of the growing Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and John Ruskin. (Anne’s son John was a founder member of the William Morris Society, and a renowned Arts and Crafts architect).

When I look at this amazing painting, I can certainly see the Arts and Crafts influence peeping through, the earthy colours, the organic shapes, the natural, simple form are all leitmotifs of this particular style. It’s a fabulous piece, by a female pioneer of one of the most influential creative eras of the last century.

More images available here, in my shop.

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February is AMETHYST month doncha know!

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Good old amethysts; the Ancient Greeks would have us believe amethysts ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus.

So if you like a tipple, this is the brooch for you!

This stunning 1940’s pin sparkles and twinkles away, and just one glimpse of it will keep you quick witted and clear headed all day long, another Ancient Greek myth….?

Fabulous condition, superb quality. If your Valentine’s Day didn’t live up to expectations, then now is the time to treat yourself!

Buy this brooch here, in my new ETSY shop, before someone else does!

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RARE Vintage Straw Hat

RARE Vintage Straw Hat

Gorgeous hat, 1940’s, 1950’s, brown straw, faded cream rose embellishment, perfect condition, perfect for the wedding/festival/garden party season! And you can buy it here!

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March 16, 2014 · 6:02 pm

RARE 1940’s ‘Cross Keys’ hat – fabulous! (SOLD)

RARE 1940's 'Cross Keys' hat - fabulous!

A gorgeous vintage hat in straw and horsehair, lovely fronds of bronze and silver raffia, super condition, perfect for Ascot, summer weddings, or your Buckingham Palace Garden Party! And you can buy it here!

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March 13, 2014 · 10:20 am